Cyclone Anaya's - Durham

4.6
127 Reviews
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
We are Houston’s Original Tex-Mex Familia since 1966! Cyclone Anaya’s has been Houston’s favorite destination for the best margaritas in town for over 50 years. With our scratch-made enchiladas and tamales, our tender and flavorful fajitas, and many more Tex-Mex delights, we've helped to define and perfect this world-famous regional cuisine. Join us today at one of six Houston-area Cyclone Anaya’s Tex-Mex Kitchen locations in the Heights, Midtown, Rice Village, CityCentre, Woodway, and the Woodlands. No matter where you’re from, we’ll treat you like family!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 127 people are saying
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SamanthaG
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing !!!! The overall atmosphere was just outstanding ! Definitely going back !!!!

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vipcaranbo
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Now I remember why it’s probably been 10 to 15 years since I’ve been to this restaurant. The margaritas are pretty much awful. Way too sweet and acidic at the same time. Very unusual combination that must be difficult to achieve. The service is uninspired to say the least. It took probably 15 minutes just to get our round of drinks. The waiter had to be summoned to refill our water glasses. The food is decent but there are so many other good options around that are less expensive. I guess in 15 years I’ll go back again just to be reminded how meh this place is.

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GuyS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food, dependable service and friendly staff make for a great experience every time.

Cyclone Anaya's - Durham
Responded on April 28, 2021

Hi there, thanks for the visit and for taking a moment to rate us. We love to hear it & will share it with the team!

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Angielr80
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place!

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Mechie
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Very friendly and helpful service. The valet, server, and entire staff were super sweet and kind! Best hospitality in Houston!

Cyclone Anaya's - Durham
Responded on April 28, 2021

Hi there, thanks for the visit and for taking a moment to rate us. We love to hear it & will share it with the team!

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vipbabybear
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved returning to Cyclone's on Durham! I didn't realize how much I missed it until I took my first sip of my margarita, dipped into their awesome salsa, took that first bite of my summer special.....We will definitely be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jesus was really friendly great service all around

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good drinks.

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Chan
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and i love this place! Best place in town for happy hour!!!!

Cyclone Anaya's - Durham
Responded on April 13, 2021

We’re thrilled to get this kind of feedback. Thank you for taking the time to review us. See you next time!

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vipDL27
Houston
73 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time I've gone for brunch and was very pleased. The mimosa carafes are a fabulous deal and the food was delicious!

Cyclone Anaya's - Durham
Responded on March 30, 2021

That is wonderful feedback, thank you for taking a moment to share it... we hope to see you again soon!

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Scott
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience1

Parking is horrible here. Tiny parking lot and street parking is full. Took us 15 mins to find a parking spot. Food was ok. Very salty. Small portions. The rice and beans looked like it was about 2 tablespoons. Enchiladas were about half the size you get at other places. Service was good. Table side guacamole was good. Chips and salsa are good. Minus the long hair we found in the salsa but they exchanged it out.

Cyclone Anaya's - Durham
Responded on March 15, 2021

Scott, thank you for the feedback... I have shared it with our chef as we are always seeing opportunities for improvement. Thank you for your visit and we hope you'll give us another try soon!

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Denise
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The restaurant was super busy and there was still a wait even though we had a reservation.
Then, once we were seated we did receive our entree right away but had to wait 30mins for the server to get our order and another 30mins to receive our food.
Our food was not the best, the meat was dry and the enchiladas were cold.

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Lena
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Our server Marlena was awesome, she’s very knowledgeable about the menu and very patient. She’s an asset to your establishment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall1food4service2ambience2

They gave away our reserved outdoor table. We were not late. Hostess said the group claimed to be my reservation. They did nothing about it. And had no other table outdoor for us.

Cyclone Anaya's - Durham
Responded on March 1, 2021

Hello & Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We apologize for the confusion and I would love to discuss your experience further with you, if possible? Can you provide us with an email address or phone number we can use to contact you directly? If so, please send your contact info to cdesselle@cycloneanaya. c o m

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GeneG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner date with my woman and the food was great. I really come here for the drinks the margaritas are special. Thanks guy.

Cyclone Anaya's - Durham
Responded on February 24, 2021

Gene, Thanks for taking the time to provide us with your rating. We hope to see you both again very soon!

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TP77
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was amazing too!

Cyclone Anaya's - Durham
Responded on February 12, 2021

Thanks for your feedback, we hope to see you again soon!

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LaurieL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always...the food was excellent and the service exceptional.
We enjoy eating brunch here as there’s something for everyone. The location is perfect as well easy access off I10. We live in Jersey village off 290 while family is scattered. This is a central location and always a great dining experience. Not to mention it’s a Houston staple

Cyclone Anaya's - Durham
Responded on January 25, 2021

Laurie, you know good Tex-Mex. And, we've been serving it up to Houstonians since 1966! We look forward to hosting you and your family again soon.

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vipJoleenE
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cyclone Anaya’s - Durham has jumped to the top tier of our favorite brunch spots in Houston. The service has always been spectacular, the prices are very reasonable and the meals have all been delicious. Hubby loves the crab omelette. My faves are the carne asada or the breakfast americano. Chips and salsa are wonderful and most breakfasts come with a small side of fresh fruit. Love that you can make a reservation. Crowds are light when they open but sometimes the restaurant is filling up by the time we leave. Highly recommend!

Cyclone Anaya's - Durham
Responded on January 25, 2021

Joleen, you know good Tex-Mex. We are so happy to hear the feedback and appreciate you taking the time to share it with others. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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MonicaJ
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a very pleasant experience. It wasn't very crowded, meaning COVID guidelines were being followed. Miguel was very attentive. The food and drinks were awesome.

Cyclone Anaya's - Durham
Responded on January 11, 2021

Monica, thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We appreciate the visit & the review!

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MelodyC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy my time here eating and drinking with friends and family.

Cyclone Anaya's - Durham
Responded on January 11, 2021

Melody, we love having you! Please join us again soon.

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BrendaD
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was beyond great! I will definitely be going back with other friends and family.

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AngelaB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Fantastic service. So easy with open table. A bit pricey. But, so enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was a pleasant meal with the family and we enjoyed our experience. We will return.

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PamalaP
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely awesome time...look forward to returning

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LaurieL
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first Sunday breakfast visit but it will not be our last. The chilaquiles were excellent. We highly recommend ordering the bottle of champagne to customize the mimosa options!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service was not there we were ignored I had to bitterly get up and finds waiter or manager never go back and will post that n yelp

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

This was my first time eating at this restaurant, so the food was good and the drinks were excellent. Went there to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday and per my request through the app, I was able to surprise him with a special dessert. I was impressed that the restaurant actually pay attention to the special request notes at the time of reservation. We enjoyed our dinner and the Houston Texans game!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Most of us liked our food - the fajita wrapped chile relleno was great. It was really noisy and hard to hear one another at our table. It was a little pricey for what we got. The service was good.

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vipPrissy
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is great and the prices of the drinks are superb. Great staff and also there is free valet (tip option available).

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August
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good choice. The food is always fresh, the atmosphere friendly. Love this place !

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vipSteve
St. Louis
26 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Delicious nachos and chili rellenos.

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Jenn
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch selection was very diverse and the food came swiftly!

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vipTamaraL
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Tex Mex I’ve ever eaten. My friends agreed

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HeyJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Cyclone's is a great hangout place with excellent food. The staff was very friendly and, I plan to return soon... and the Houston Astros won their game as I was sitting there enjoying my food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food

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DiningDiva
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My experience was average all the way around, from the food to the service to the ambiance. I had the fish tacos and they just seemed rather bland even with the salsa. I will say the charro beans were the best part of the meal.

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quatphysh
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

WOW. I went to the old Cyclone's in the 80's, and the new restaurant is not the same. That aside, there were some things I couldn't overlook. Just an overall disastrous evening. I feel we should have asked for the manager, but we just wanted out of there, asap.

**There were lots of empty tables. They weren't busy so there is no excuse for what I have written below.

First, it took about 10-15 minutes to get chips & salsa, and we had to ask our waitress for them.

Second, I asked for no salt on my drink rim, I received salt. Not the end of the world but dang, if this was the only thing I would overlook leaving this review.

Third, after sitting for 20 minutes, I found we have no silverware. Rather than ask for yet another thing that is expected, I just got up and grabbed some off of another empty table.

Fourth, the waitress didn't know the menu, and didn't have my husband's order right. But after she asked a question that wasn't necessary if she had it right, it was straightened out. She did admit that she had been there for about a week, so I can let that slide a bit.

Fifth, the crab enchiladas were so incredibly salty, and general unappetizing, they were just not was I expecting.

Sixth, my husband's fish tacos were disgusting. He said he'd had better tacos from a seedy strip center Tex mex joint.

SEVENTH, the waitress asked us if we wanted separate checks, while we were both wearing wedding bands that were EXACTLY the same on our ring fingers. She needs to be more observant of her guests. I've never been asked this question unless I was with a group of women, or several couples.

Won't be back, even if we get a free gift card. So disappointed that I won't even eat my leftovers. They've gone into the trash. Complete waste of time and money.

Going to Hugo's, Xochi, or El Tiempo next time. We've never been disappointed there!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

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vipfoodfanatic
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

This pains me to write as we've been going here for years, but the last few times the food and the drinks were terrible. The meat was a lower quality and over salted, the drinks were watered down and unfortunately the service can't make up for this given the competition is tough in a city dominated by great restaurants. I know we won't be back, but hopefully Management will take notice and make corrections before they lose other customers and great waitstaff.

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Cyclone Anaya's - Durham does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Cyclone Anaya's - Durham is rated 4.6 stars by 127 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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